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Nominate Your Peers for a 2016 AMCHP Award
AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted until Dec. 5:
·       John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health.
·       Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in his or her state.
·       Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP.
·       Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families.
·       Emerging MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children and families in his or her state and/or region.
·       Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope.

Information on the nomination process is available. Please note all awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award. 

 Applying Life Course Theory in State-level Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
AMCHP will host a webinar on Dec. 8 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature presenters from state health departments in New Mexico, Nebraska, Louisiana and Iowa who participated in a technical assistance opportunity with AMCHP to calculate and communicate a subset of AMCHP's Life Course Indicators. The featured states created life course-based communication products with the help of a national communication expert and are applying these products. Presenters will show examples of how MCH programs at state health departments are implementing life course theory and using data from indicators designed to measure progress in maternal and child health through a life course perspective.

Get Support to Improve Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) is excited to announce a Request for Applications for state maternal and child health programs to join a cohort dedicated to improving access and quality in preventive health services for adolescents and young adults. The RFA invites state MCH programs (Title V) to participate with key partners in the second cohort of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, which will help providers meet the challenges that arise during this crucial developmental period and take advantage of opportunities to prevent risky behaviors and chronic conditions that last into adulthood.

Download a blank Team Roster Template for the application here, Watch for an email about a Dec. 8 webinar to explain the RFA and answer questions. Contact: Iliana White at iwhite@amchp.org.

 Don't Miss Out on Saving for AMCHP 2017!
Registration is open for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. Register by Jan. 26 to receive an early bird discount! For additional questions and information, please contact Emma Hoover at ehoover@conferencemanagers.com. We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City, Mo., on March 4-7

Ask a Clinician
The Autism Research Institute will host a live Q & A with a pediatrician on Nov. 30 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. This is a chance to pose questions on navigating the evidence-based treatment for yourself or loved one on the autism spectrum. 

 Learn More About the Latent Growth Curve Analysis
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Office of Epidemiology and Research will host a webinar on Nov. 30 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The latest installment in the Engaging Research Innovations and Challenges Webinar Series will discuss the conceptual rationale for latent growth curve analysis in maternal and child health research.

Gain More Support in MCH
The National MCH Workforce Development Center invites state/jurisdictional Title V agencies to submit application for its upcoming 2017 cohort learning opportunity. Accepted teams will participate in an eight-month cohort with other five other state/jurisdictional teams, during which time the center will support their work on an existing or planned health transformation project to increase skills and capacity. An informational call on the application process will be held on Dec. 1 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. No pre-registration is required; please dial 888-363-4735 and use code 6600416. Applications must be received no later than Jan. 4 by 5:00 p.m. ET

Contribute to the Disability and Health Journal
The Disability and Health Journal is seeking submissions of original research or brief reports of research related to the sexual health and perinatal experiences of women with a disability. All submissions must be received by Dec. 5 and meet the requirements noted in the Guide for Authors

Innovations in Maternal Mortality Reduction
Dialogue4Health will cohost a webinar with the Public Health Institute and colleagues from Nigeria and Tanzania on Dec. 6 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will discuss the use of magnesium sulfate for treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in those countries. The discussion will highlight lessons learned from their innovative programs that may inform policymakers and program managers in other African countries committed to reducing postpartum hemorrhage and meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals. 

Learn About Children's Social-Emotional Development
The American Psychological Association will host a webinar on Dec. 8 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will focus on the impact of poverty and violence on children's social-emotional development. 

 Integrating Public Health Prevention in Schools
The Center for School, Health and Education at the American Public Health Association has opened applications for its Program to Improve Graduation by Integrating Public Health Prevention and Primary Care in Schools. Now in its fourth year, the program provides step-by-step assistance for school-based health centers and schools using public health strategies to meet school-wide student needs. Applications should be submitted by Dec. 16 to Darien Mather at darien.mather@apha.org

 2017 QRIS National Meeting Call for Proposals
The BUILD Initiative is accepting proposals for the 2017 Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) National Meeting. This meeting will share the latest research, effective practices, innovation and big ideas in the development, and implementation and revision of QRIS. Session types include breakout, consultation, pre-conference, intensive and communities of practice sessions. Proposal submissions must be received by Dec. 22

Increasing Access to Home and Community-Based Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking public comment until Jan. 9 on ways to promote access to community options for people with disabilities while continuing to ensure choice for those who prefer institutional care. Perspectives from home care workers and people with disabilities are encouraged. 

Gain a Better Understanding of Obstetric Care Quality and Access for Rural U.S. Women
The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center will host a webinar on Jan. 11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will present findings from recent studies on the quality of obstetric care in rural hospitals, the workforce providing obstetric care in rural areas and the predictors of non-local childbirth for rural women. The focus of this presentation is on understanding whether rural pregnant women have access to the care they need and whether rural hospitals have the capacity to meet the needs of rural women and families.